Office Pool Rules

American Idol Pool - Top 36/Top 24

Goal

To accumulate the most points throughout the television show's season.

How To Score Points

There are three ways to get points:

  • Pick the overall American Idol winner once the top 12 are announced - if you're correct, you get 36 points. If your selection finishes 2nd, you get 18 points. If your selection is 3rd, you get 9 points. Note - if you make your overall selection late (after the week they are due), you will get less points for being correct (you get 3 points times the number of remaining contestants).
  • For a Top 36 Pool (Season 8): During the first 3 weeks, starting after they announce the Top 36, pick who you think will advance to the top 12. You have 20 points to allocate to who you think will advance that week. You receive the number of points you allocate to anyone who does advance that week.
  • For a Top 24 Pool (Seasons 7 and 9): During the first 3 weeks, starting after they announce the Top 24, pick who you think will be eliminated each week, putting a maximum of 5 points on any one contestant. Each week 4 contestants are eliminated (two girls and two guys). You have 20 points to allocate on who you think will be eliminated, but you can put a maximum of 5 points on any one contestant.
  • Once the contestants are down to 12 people, you have 20 points to allocate to who you think will be sent home each week. You can bet all your points on one person, or spread your 20 points among multiple contestants. You receive the number of points you allocate to the person who is eliminated. On the show finale - we double the points to 40 and on this final show, you're predicting who WINS - not who loses.
  • Bonus questions - this is an optional feature in the pool as designated by your pool commissioner. Bonus point questions are created by Fun Office Pools and are typically worth 2-5 points each. A sample bonus question is "Who is in the bottom three?". Your pool can have 0, 1 or 2 bonus questions each week.
  • NOTE: If the judges save a contestant, points WILL be awarded as if that contestant had been eliminated. Bonus points will also be awarded as long as the answers still make sense.
  • NOTE: If more than one contestant is eliminated, points will be awarded for both contestants. You can still put all 20 points on one contestant even if you know two will be eliminated.

When Are Picks Due

Picks are due each week before the elimination show airs on the east coast - typically 8:00 pm ET on Wednesdays. You can change your picks after submitting them up until the deadline, so it is advisable to get your picks in early. Picks for the overall winner are due for the elimination show that reduces the contestants to 11. You can still get points if you get your overall pick in late, just not the full amount (see above). You can change your overall pick at anytime, but you will only be eligible for the current overall point value (3 times number of remaining contestants).

Default Picks

If you forget to get your picks in you'll get the default picks (picks made by Fun Office Pools admins), so you won't be shut out if you miss a week. However, there is no default pick for the overall winner - so you need to make that pick after you sign up or you'll lose your chance for getting the maximum of 36 points at the end of the pool.

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American Idol Pool - Top 12

Goal

To accumulate the most points throughout the television show's season.

How To Score Points

There are three ways to get points:

  • Pick the overall American Idol winner once the top 12 are announced - if you're correct, you get 36 points. If your selection finishes 2nd, you get 18 points. If your selection is 3rd, you get 9 points. Note - if you make your overall selection late (after the week they are due), you will get less points for being correct (you get 3 points times the number of remaining contestants).
  • Pick who is sent home each week. You have 20 points to allocate to who you think will be sent home each week. You can bet all your points on one person, or spread your 20 points among multiple contestants. You receive the number of points you allocate to the person who is eliminated. On the show finale - we double the points to 40 and on this final show, you're predicting who WINS - not who loses.
  • Bonus questions - this is an optional feature in the pool as designated by your pool commissioner. Bonus point questions are created by Fun Office Pools and are typically worth 2-5 points each. A sample bonus question is "Who is in the bottom three?". Your pool can have 0, 1 or 2 bonus questions each week.
  • NOTE: If the judges save a contestant, points WILL be awarded as if that contestant had been eliminated. Bonus points will also be awarded as long as the answers still make sense.
  • NOTE: If more than one contestant is eliminated, points will be awarded for both contestants. You can still put all 20 points on one contestant even if you know two will be eliminated.

When Are Picks Due

Picks are due each week before the elimination show airs on the east coast - typically 8:00 pm ET on Wednesdays. You can change your picks after submitting them up until the deadline, so it is advisable to get your picks in early. Picks for the overall winner are due with the first week picks. You can still get points if you get your overall pick in late, just not the full amount (see above). You can change your overall pick at anytime, but you will only be eligible for the current overall point value (3 times number of remaining contestants).

Default Picks

If you forget to get your picks in you'll get the default picks (picks made by Fun Office Pools admins), so you won't be shut out if you miss a week. However, there is no default pick for the overall winner - so you need to make that pick after you sign up or you'll lose your chance for the maximum of 36 points at the end of the pool

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Amazing Race Pool

Goal

To accumulate the most points throughout the television show's season.

How To Score Points

There are three ways to get points:

  • Pick the overall winning team - at the beginning of the pool, you can make your overall winner pick. If you are correct, you get points equal to 3 times the number of teams left at the time you make your overall selection (so if you make it as soon as the office pool starts, it will be worth 33 points (11 teams left when the pool starts)). You can change your overall pick at any time, but the points you receive if you are correct will be adjusted to reflect how many teams are active at the time you make your pick (so if there are only 6 left and you change your pick, it is now only worth 18 points). If your overall pick is the winner at the end of the show you receive those points. If your overall selection finishes 2nd, you'll receive 50% of those points (rounded down) and if your overall selection finishes 3rd, you'll receive 25% of those points (rounded down). Example: You pick someone who finishes 2nd and you picked him when there were 8 teams left. You will receive 12 points (3 * 8 = 24 maximum points - finishing 2nd reduced this to 12).
  • Pick who finishes last each week. You have 20 points to allocate to who you think will be last each week. You can bet all your points on one team, or spread your 20 points among multiple contestants. You receive the number of points you allocate to the team who is last. Note - you get the points whether it is an elimination leg or a non-elimination leg. On the show finale - we double the points to 40 and on this final show, you're predicting who wins - not who loses. You only receive the points you allocate to the winner of the show on this episode.
  • Bonus questions - this is an optional feature in the pool as designated by your pool commissioner. Bonus point questions are created by Fun Office Pools and are typically worth 2-5 points each. A sample bonus question is "Which occurs first - detour or roadblock?". Your pool can have 0, 1,or 2 bonus questions each week.

When Are Picks Due

Picks are due each week before the show airs on the east coast - typically 8:00 pm ET on Sundays. You can change your picks after submitting them up until the deadline, so it is advisable to get your picks in early. Picks for the overall winner are due with the first week picks to maximize the value of the overall pick.

Default Picks

If you forget to get your picks in you'll get the default picks (picks made by Fun Office Pools admins), so you won't be shut out if you miss a week. However, there is no default pick for the overall winner - so you need to make that pick after you sign up or you'll lose your chance for 33 points at the end of the pool

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CBS Survivor Pool

Goal

To accumulate the most points throughout the television show's season.

How To Score Points

There are three ways to get points:

  • Pick the overall winner of the show at the beginning of the season - if you're correct, you get 40 points. If your selection finishes 2nd, you get 20 points. If your selection is 3rd, you get 10 points. Note - if you make your overall selection late (after the week they are due), you will get less points for being correct (decreases 25% each week).
  • Pick who gets voted off each week (or is removed from the show). You have 20 points to allocate to who you think will be voted off each week. You can bet all your points on one player, or spread your 20 points among multiple contestants. You receive the number of points you allocate to the person who is voted off (or is removed from the show). On the show finale - we double the points to 40 and on this final show, you're predicting who wins - not who loses. You only receive the points you allocate to the winner of the show on this episode.
  • Bonus questions - this is an optional feature in the pool as designated by your pool commissioner. Bonus point questions are created by Fun Office Pools and are typically worth 2-5 points each. A sample bonus question is "Which tribe will receive immunity this week?". Your pool can have 0, 1 or 2 bonus questions each week. Note: No bonus questions during week 1.

When Are Picks Due

Picks are due each week before the show airs on the east coast - typically 8:00 pm ET on Thursdays. You can change your picks after submitting them up until the deadline, so it is advisable to get your picks in early. Picks for the overall winner are due with the first week picks.

Default Picks

If you forget to get your picks in you'll get the default picks (picks made by Fun Office Pools admins), so you won't be shut out if you miss a week. However, there is no default pick for the overall winner - so you need to make that pick after you sign up or you'll lose your chance for 40 points at the end of the pool

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Dancing With The Stars

Goal

To accumulate the most points throughout the television show's season.

How To Score Points

There are three ways to get points:

  • Pick the overall winner of the show at the beginning of the season - if you're correct, you get 40 points. If your selection finishes 2nd, you get 20 points. If your selection is 3rd, you get 10 points. Note - if you make your overall selection late (after the week they are due), you will get less points for being correct (decreases 25% each week).
  • Pick who gets voted off each week. You have 20 points to allocate to who you think will be voted off each week. You can bet all your points on one player, or spread your 20 points among multiple contestants. You receive the number of points you allocate to the person who is voted off. On the show finale - we double the points to 40 and on this final show, you're predicting who wins - not who loses. You only receive the points you allocate to the winner of the show on this episode.
  • Bonus questions - this is an optional feature in the pool as designated by your pool commissioner. Bonus point questions are created by Fun Office Pools and are typically worth 2-5 points each. A sample bonus question is "Who is in the bottom two but is safe?". Your pool can have 0, 1 or 2 bonus questions each week.

When Are Picks Due

Picks are due each week before the elimination show airs on the east coast - typically 8:00 pm ET on Tuesdays. You can change your picks after submitting them up until the deadline, so it is advisable to get your picks in early. Picks for the overall winner are due with the first week picks.

Default Picks

If you forget to get your picks in you'll get the default picks (picks made by Fun Office Pools admins), so you won't be shut out if you miss a week. However, there is no default pick for the overall winner - so you need to make that pick after you sign up or you'll lose your chance for 40 points at the end of the pool

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GENERAL QUESTIONS

How much does it cost to host an office pool on Fun Office Pools?

Fun Office Pools is completely FREE. There are no hidden charges. You may invite as many of your friends as you like to your pools without paying any fees. Please tell your friends about us and invite as many people as you like to your pools. Back to top.

I'm getting reminders and I don't want them...how do I change that? Or, I'm not getting reminders, please send them to me.

You can opt in or out of receiving reminders or notices of new pools by updating your profile. You can change this by clicking the Your Profile link in the upper right hand corner of the main page. From there you can change your username, your password, your email, etc., and you can also change whether you opt in or out of reminder emails from Fun Office Pools

What Pools does Fun Office Pools offer?

Fun Office Pools offers all types of Office Pools, including sports office pools, reality TV office pools, entertainment office pools, and specialty office pools. Current plans include:

  • Sports Office Pools: NFL Office Pools, NFL Post Season Office Pools, College Football Office Pools, College Football Bowl Pools, March Madness Pools, and Superbowl Office Pools
  • Reality TV Office Pools: CBS Survivor Office Pools, Dancing With The Stars Office Pools, The Amazing Race Office Pools, and American Idol Office Pools
  • Entertainment Office Pools: The Oscars Office Pool

If you have suggestions for other pools, let us know in the Send Us a Note. Back to top.

How do I create an Office Pool?

Creating a pool is easy and can be done directly on the Home Page of Fun Office Pools in the Create or Join an Office Pool section. Select which type of pool you want to create and you'll be taken to the Office Pool Parameter page. On this page you can enter various parameters for the pool, and choose any options available for that pool. After choosing the options, create the pool and you'll be taken to a screen that allows you to join your own pool. Create a selection or use one of your existing selections (if available for this type of pool). That's it. After creating the pool, it's time to invite your friends and to make your weekly picks! Back to top.

What is a Selection?

A Selection is your entry into a pool. A Player may have multiple Selections in each pool - it's up to the Pool Commissioner to allow it or not - if you don't want it, you can kick out a second Selection from a player - see Manage Members under the Pools Management Menu (you get there from the Your Pools Page and select the Pool you want to manage). You create your Selection when you Join A Pool. After creating a Selection, you make the picks for the Selection by clicking on the status link on either the Home Page of Fun Office Pools or the Your Pools Page. Back to top.

How do I invite my friends to an Office Pool?

The best way is to create an Address Book of people you will want to invite to pools you run. To do that, go to the Your Pools Page and select the pool you are going to invite people into. Select the Address Book tab on the left and start entering in people's email addresses. Once you've loaded up your Address Book, click on the Invite People tab on the left. This will list your current Address Book and you can check those people you want to invite. You can also add other people not in your address book on this page. Once you've selected all the people you want to invite, click the submit button and you'll be taken to a page where you can add a personal message to the invitation. Then hit the Send Invitation button and emails will be automatically sent to all those people. Back to top.

Can people join my pool after it starts?

In some pools, you can allow people to join late (the NFL Bonus Pick'em Pool and the College Football Weighted Pool allow this). In other pools, you can't (the NFL Survivor/Suicide Pool does not allow late entries for obvious reasons). For pools that allow late entries, if you want that to happen, set the Pool Deadline date to be later than the default date suggested when setting up your pool. Once the Deadline date passes, no one will be allowed to join this pool. Back to top.

What is the difference between a Public and a Private Pool?

A public pool does not require a password - but then anyone that knows the name of your pool can join. A private pool requires a password and only people you tell the password to can join this pool. Back to top.

How do default picks work?

We know that you're busy and sometimes forget to get your picks in. All of the Fun Office Pools have default picks in case you don't get your picks in time. It varies on how the Default picks are done, but in general they are not bad picks. In NFL Bonus Pick'em, the Default Picks are the favorites. In the Survivor/Suicide Pool, it's either the best remaining team or worst remaining team (depending if you are picking winners or losers) as determined by last year's draft order. Back to top.

I made a mistake when I set up the pool - how can I change the options?

You can change any of the parameters you set when you created the pool by going to the Your Pools Page and selecting the pool you want to modify. On the next page, select Change Pool Parameters and then modify any of the parameters listed. Note, though, that if the pool has already started, changing some of the parameters may void selections already made or not make sense (changing winners to losers in the Survivor/Suicide pool, for instance). Back to top.

Previous Games

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  • American Idol Game
  • CBS Survivor Micronesia Game
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